'Snow-munity' in the Blizzard of 2010
President Obama called our megablizzard "snow-mageddon," and maybe it was. But the storm also inspired an outpouring of "snow-munity."
Big snows always bring this out. People who would never think to pick up hitchhikers pull over. People who would never think to stick out a thumb bundle up and test their luck. My husband made it from the snowy suburbs to pick up our daughter downtown -- and back again -- thanks to the working Metro and the kindness of strangers with four-wheel drive.
But our technological era has also spawned "cyber-snow-munity." In my neighborhood, some of us had power; many others didn't. Some of us had phones, cable or Internet; many others didn't. Our Blackberries and iPhones brought us together.
The neighborhood listserv has been buzzing since the first flakes fell. Who's lost power? If you need someplace warm, we've got heat -- and extra beds. Tell the kids to watch out for the power lines! So-and-so down the street needs her walk shoveled. Someone's son has called from out of town; can someone please check on his elderly parents?
Does anyone know whether the plows have done the route from Pyle to River? Kenhowe's still blocked. Who's got a pair of cross-country skis and boots, size ten? Let's all get together and move the tree on Rannoch.
The Internet is an enormously efficient marketplace of information, never more than in an emergency. It is, perhaps, easier to ask for help, and maybe easier to give it, through the cool medium of cyberspace than face-to-face.
For all the moaning about our atomistic, bowling alone society, for all the hand-wringing over how we have all retreated to our individual technological cubbies, the blizzard of 2010 is a reminder: technology serves to cohere as well as to fracture.
Posted by: DagnyT | February 8, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: herzliebster | February 8, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: DagnyT | February 8, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: sirach | February 8, 2010 5:31 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Martin_in_Rockville | February 8, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: matthenry1 | February 8, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Nymous | February 8, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: DCinND | February 8, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: NML_dc | February 8, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: dudh | February 8, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: joixlarge | February 8, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.